Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2008
Journalists for Democracy and Human Rights (JDHR)
This description of Shafqat Munir Ahmad's work was prepared when Shafqat Munir Ahmad was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
Shafqat Munir Ahmad has introduced the notion of social responsibility to journalists in Pakistan, in an effort to increase the amount of space devoted to pressing social concerns. He has established several research centers dedicated to democratic governance, women and children’s rights, environmental sustainability, and other social issues, and uses them to provide journalists with the information and training they need to proactively report on vulnerable segments of society. He aims to create a functioning interface between journalists and leaders in civil society, so that both parties can effectively network and share information with one another.
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